Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee says a meeting held in Canberra this week between Federal Minister for Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP and representatives from Lithgow Aged Care was extremely productive.
Mr Gee organised the meeting to outline how badly new aged care beds are needed for Lithgow Aged Care.
“Lithgow Aged Care needs 70 more aged care beds due to high demand in the area,” Mr Gee said.
“There are a lot of people moving to Lithgow to retire and it’s having a knock-on effect to aged care services.
“They’ve been knocked back twice for additional beds over the past two years, so this meeting was all about letting the Minister know how important these beds are to the community.”
Mr Gee said Minister Wyatt gave the group a very good hearing and has even offered to visit Lithgow in the second half of the year.
“I think the Minister really understands the importance of aged care beds to country communities,” Mr Gee added.
“If we don’t have decent aged care in our communities, people will simply move away.”
Mr Gee said he would continue to keep the community updated on progress.